Hawaiian sea turtle - Ancient Hawaiians believed that their "Aumakua" (guardian spirits) could take the shape of a variety of animals, including the turtle. It is said the great turtle Kailua would turn into a human female and appear to protect children playing on the beach from danger.
maybe my next tattoo will be a turtle. Symbol of the Turtle : taking their homes with them wherever they go, turtles remind us to remember our roots while still welcoming new places and phases in life. They teach us to appreciate life's simple, true necessities : shelter, food, drink and most importantly, FAITH . The turtle's slow gait requires the animal to have faith that it will eventually get where it is going and that its needs will be satisfied along the way.